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Name: Updike, John


Historical Note:

John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Harvard University in 1954 and worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine from 1955 to 1957. Updike has written more than fifty books, including novels, collections of short stories, poems and criticism. He has received the National Book Award for Fiction, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the American Book Award for Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award and the Howells Medal.

On March 20, 1985, Updike visited the University of Houston and gave a lecture at the University Hilton Hotel as part of the University of Houston's 1984-85 Writers in Society Series. Updike read poems from his book Facing Nature to an audience of one thousand, then answered questions. The following day he was the guest of honor at a luncheon hosted by the Friends of the Library to open an exhibition of the library's collection of his works.





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